All posts by Char Firlik

Literacy Learning Opportunities Neighborhood Literacy Forums

Hello LCN Members!   Check out the  opportunities for  literacy learning within the community organized by the Community Literacy Initiative.   It is amazing the commitment to growing literacy outside of our school efforts.  Meeting times are often 4:00 – 5:00pm

Neighborhood Literacy Forums 2015
Dyslexia: What do I need to know to help my students?
January 13, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, Amy Barto, SLD Read
Dickinson Academy, 448 Dickinson St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Adult literacy in the West Hope Zone
February 10, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, Lindsay McHolme, Community Literacy Initiative, Literacy Center of West Michigan
Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

New Americans: Immigrants’ rights and responsibilities
March 10, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, Lee and Lilibeth Marvin, Law Office of Lee L. Marvin PLLC
Literacy Center of West Michigan, 1120 Monroe Ave NW Ste 240 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Digital storytelling
April 14, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, Cynthia Clingman, Kent Reading Council and Mark Raffler, Kent Intermediate School District
Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch, 2nd floor, 111 Library NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Don’t lay blame, light the flame: Reaching children who are not being exposed to early literacy practices
May 12, 2015, 4:00-5:00pm, Debbie Hoskins, Grand Rapids Public Library
Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch, 2nd floor, 111 Library NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Thank you for all you do!

Lindsay McHolme
Director, Community Literacy Initiative
Literacy Center of West Michigan


What You Learn When You See Yourself Teach

Hello Fellow Reflective Practitioners!   Using video cameras in a manner that respects the professionalism of educators, can have a positive effect on teaching and learning.   Attached is a link to the May 2014 issue of Ed Leadership in which Jim Knight shares insights on effective ways teachers are using video recordings to reflect on instruction and learning.

How are you coming with  ‘sticking your toe in the water’ with recording a lesson or coaching conversation?    At our study session we discussed the importance of knowing: What is your intention for use of the recording?  What camera device might be the most appropriate ? and and What technical steps might you need to know regarding using the camera effectively?  Several members indicated interest with knowing more about technology options as well as techniques.   I am working to identify a tech support person to work with us in January .  As well I’ll research a few online sites for extended learning.

LCN Opens with Record Membership!

Hey LCN Members,  You rock! On September 18, 2014 Kent ISD’s Literacy Coaches Network opened with 121 members!  Significant changes in our  membership include an increase in teacher-leaders from middle schools and high schools,  and more district teams.   ‘Unlocking Group Potential for Literacy Learning’  seems a timely theme of  professional learning for our network.